Guilt-Free Game Day Foods Beyond the Veggie Tray
Are you ready to tackle game day with a lineup of delicious and healthy snacks that go beyond the usual veggie tray? Whether you’re cheering on your favorite team or just there for the commercials, these recipes will keep you satisfied without veering off track from your health goals. Let’s dive into the playbook of nutritious game day delights!
Our Cowboys may not have made it to the Super Bowl, but we can still honor them with this flavorful dip! Cowboy Caviar is a Tex-Mex-inspired salad-turned-dip that’s bursting with colors and flavors. Packed with beans, corn, bell pepper, and cucumber, it’s a touchdown for taste buds and nutrition alike. Serve it with whole-grain tortilla chips or crunchy veggie sticks for a winning combination.
This is a versatile dish, beyond our recipe you can also add feta cheese, avocado, and diced tomatoes as well!
1 can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can garbonzo beans (aka chickpeas), drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
1 cup diced bell pepper
1 avocado, diced
1 cup diced red onion
2 diced cucumbers
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Juice of 2 lime
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
Optional: Diced tomatoes, jalapeno, avocado, and feta cheese crumbles
In a large bowl, combine all the diced and canned vegetables, add cilantro and gently toss.
Squeeze lime juice over the mixture and season with salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder.
This can be served immediately or refrigerated for an hour to let the flavors meld together.
Everything But the Bagel Cucumbers and Sweet Peppers
Put a twist on the classic bagel seasoning with this refreshing and crunchy snack. These Everything But the Bagel Cucumbers and Sweet Peppers are simple to make and will disappear quickly from your game day spread. They’re low in calories but high in flavor, making them a perfect guilt-free option for snacking.
2 cucumbers, sliced into rounds
2 cups sweet peppers, halved
2 tablespoons Everything But the Bagel seasoning
1 cup whipped cream cheese
2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
Arrange cucumber rounds and sweet pepper slices on a platter.
Combine whipped cream cheese and greek yogurt in a bowl.
Spoon onto cucumbers and fill sweet pepper halves.
Sprinkle Everything But the Bagel seasoning evenly over the vegetables.
Alteration: Try this as a dip for celery or carrot sticks for an added variety.
Caprese Salad Skewers with Turkey Meatballs
Upgrade the classic Caprese salad with these delightful skewers featuring turkey meatballs. These bite-sized appetizers are not only delicious but also protein-packed and perfect for fueling your game day excitement. With mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, and lean turkey meatballs, these skewers are a crowd-pleaser that won’t derail your health goals.
Turkey meatballs (store-bought or homemade)
Fresh mozzarella balls or half inch slices of mozzarella cheese sticks
Fresh basil leaves
Optional: Balsamic glaze for drizzling
Thread a cherry tomato, a folded basil leaf, a mozzarella ball, and a turkey meatball onto each skewer.
Arrange the skewers on a platter and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Alteration: Substitute turkey meatballs with grilled chicken or tofu cubes for a different protein option.
Game Day Habit Tips:
Remember, moderation is key when indulging in game day snacks. Alongside these tasty treats, make sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water or infused water for added flavor. For more healthy game day food inspiration, check out this resource for additional recipes and ideas.
Now, let’s get ready to cheer on our teams while staying on track with our health goals. Enjoy the game and the delicious snacks—it’s a win-win! 🏈🥗
Whether your team takes home the trophy or not, you’ll feel like a winner with these nutritious and delicious game-day snacks. Let’s kick off the celebration with a spread that scores big on taste and nutrition!